Keepmoat Northwest staff recently supported National volunteers’ week 2023, using their volunteer days to support local community projects in the communities in which we work.
Volunteers Week takes place 1st to the 7th June every year and is an annual celebration of the contributions that millions of people make across the UK through volunteering in their communities. There are several ways to get involved during the week from sharing your story, running an event, launching a project to becoming a volunteer etc.
Keepmoat are committed to supporting the communities in which we work, and we encourage our employees to do the same. Our employees can take one paid day each year to support a cause of their choice.
This week seen staff from various departments shut down their computers to get out in our communities volunteering from litter picking, coordinating a coffee morning for our older residents, assisting rebuild with home community shops, supporting Claire House children’s hospice, helping at Ashton scouts festival to supporting schools’ careers sessions.
Supporting Rebuild with Hope
Staff from Keepmoat customer service, Land and Partnership and technical department used their volunteer day to support the fantastic work of Rebuild with hope, an organisation that works with individuals with multiple barriers to employment such as ex-offenders, homeless, refugees, ex-services veterans, asylum seekers etc. They provide direct employment both full and part time as well as providing training opportunities.
To support their communities and the work they do, they sell hugely discounted high street goods to communities and individuals struggling to cope with the rising cost of living, with all income generated through the sales going back into the charity, other than the 10% they donate to the church/community centre that hosts the sales.
Fantastic work from Nicholette McCarthy – Harkin, Emmy Peers from customer service department, Zain Shafi from Technical department and Sophie Doyle and Julie Baker from the land department who volunteered at several sales across the Northwest!
Supporting schools and colleges
Ashley McMillan from Keepmoat land and partnership department used his volunteer day to support a world of work session, coordinated by Salford Foundations.
Supporting schools and colleges is a key priority for Keepmoat to help raise the aspirations of the young people in the communities in which we work to help them achieve their next best steps. Great work Ashley!
Coffee morning for residents
Julie Baker from Keepmoat land and partnership department assisted Wigan council Tenant Voice & Engagement Officer with a coffee morning, held at Clifton House. Over a cup if tea, bacon sandwiches and fancy biscuits Julie shared details of the Worsley Mesnes development and the plans for the area, which the residents were really pleased with. A few issues were raised regarding the wider area that Julie took back to the council for the residents.
Litter picking in Salford.
Staff from Keepmoat Construction, customer service, commercial and land and partnership department supported local community group Inspiring Communities Together (ICT) with their regular community litter pick in Salford.
The team, along with staff from ICT, spent the afternoon clearing up litter along Langley Road south, Douglas green, the streets around St Sebastian’s Primary school and the land in front of the local shops. 20 bags of rubbish were collected.
Fantastic work from Ste Pellow, Antonio saetta and Andy Stanley from the construction department, Emmy peers and Chloe Carruthers from the customer service department, Connor Macrae from the technical department and Julie Baker from the land department.
Ashton scouts’ festival
Keepmoat Finance Director Ant Martin is using his volunteer day to support Ashton scouts’ beer festival this weekend. The event is in its second year and raises much needed funds to improve the scouts hut and provide additional activities that will benefit over 160 scout members. Keepmoat have sponsored the event £500 along with Ant volunteering his time to help set up on the day and serve the many customers that come through the door to support the event.
Supporting Claire House Childrens hospice and fundraising
Laura Jones from Keepmoat Commercial department has booked her volunteer day to work alongside staff at Claire House children’s Hospice in Liverpool, later in the month.
Sue Ashton from the Sales department is using her volunteer day to walk up Snowdon to raise money for mental health awareness in memory of Ryan Gleave.